Miles & Stockbridge recently added nine lawyers to the firm: Kenneth M. Misken, formerly with the Virginia office of McGuire Woods, has joined the creditors’ rights & bankruptcy practice group as a principal; he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Stephen S. Mitchell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Michael J. Pappas, formerly with The Harrison Law Group in Baltimore, has joined the real estate litigation practice group as counsel; he received his J.D. in 2002 from the University of Maryland School of Law. Alex P. Creticos has joined the products liability & mass torts practice group as an associate; he was a summer associate with the firm in 2010. Emily A. Higgs has joined the corporate & securities and real estate practice groups as an associate; she was a summer associate in 2010. Menachem “Manny” Lanner has joined the commercial & business litigation practice group as an associate. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and has bachelor’s degrees in philosophy from the University of Maryland and in Talmudic law from Ner Israel Talmudic Academy in Baltimore. Lanner is an ordained rabbi. Krista M. North has joined the transactional finance practice group as an associate; she is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Jennifer M. Rothschild has joined the real estate litigation practice group as an associate; she graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and has a bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s University. Rothschild was a summer associate at Miles & Stockbridge’s Easton office in 2010. Jonathan A. Singer has joined the products liability & mass torts practice group as an associate; he is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. Sufen “Sue” Zhang has joined the labor, employment & workplace safety practice group as an associate; Zhang, a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, was a summer associate in 2009 and worked as an immigration paralegal in 2007.
Kristin H.R. Franceschi, a partner with DLA Piper, in Baltimore, has been elected president of the National Association of Bond Lawyers for 2011-2012. Franceschi has served on the NABL board of directors and in many other positions. She concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate and securities law and public finance law as a member of DLA Piper’s firm-wide Policy Committee and its Derivatives Committee. Franceschi has a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D./MBA from Stanford University.
Kathleen Cahill, of the Law Offices of Kathleen Cahill, of Towson, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Baltimore Employment Law-Individuals Lawyer of the Year. Cahill’s practice includes plaintiffs employment law, personal injury, civil rights, and professional and medical malpractice. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she is an adjunct professor.
Six members of Tydings & Rosenberg, of Baltimore, have been recognized by Best Lawyers 2012 in these practice areas: Herbert J. Belgrad, family law and family law mediation; Scott Patrick Burns, mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants; Mark D. Dopkin, real estate law; Alan M. Grochal, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation-bankruptcy; John B. Isbister, commercial litigation and product liability litigation; and Thomas M. Wilson III, antitrust, antitrust litigation, and government relations.
Michael Greenberger, founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, and professor at the UM Francis King Carey School of Law, has been appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the new Commission on Maryland Cyber Security Innovation and Excellence. The commission is intended to provide guidance for making Maryland the epicenter of cybersecurity innovation and excellence and work for safety from privacy invasions and cyber attacks.
Emily J. Vaias, partner at Linowes and Blocher, of Bethesda, is one of seven winners of the 2011 Toyota Tribute to Working Women Award, which honors women from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia who have made a dramatic difference in their workplace, community or home. Vaias practices land use, zoning, municipal and administrative law in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Charles counties and the District of Columbia. She represents local and national developers, builders of residential and commercial projects, retailers, business owners and individuals before administrative, legislative and judicial bodies. Vaias is also an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in the Edward St. John Real Estate Program. For 18 years she has provided pro bono legal services through the Homeless Persons Representation Project.
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, of Potomac, received a Distinguished Service to Public Education Award on Oct. 20 from the Montgomery County Board of Education. Shulman Rogers was influential in the development of three nonprofit organizations that provide vocational training to high school students through a partnership between schools and the business community.